Aerial & Vessel Dispersant Preparedness
Aerial and Vessel Dispersant Preparedness and Operations Guide, API Technical Report 1148
Pre-planning and preparedness as well as the preparation of a comprehensive operations plan are critical in conducting effective aerial and/or vessel dispersant operations in the event of any offshore oil spill and especially for significant continuous releases of oil. The guidance in this document is designed for use in the United States and discusses in detail response processes within the U.S. regulatory framework. However, the dispersant response guidance, assets and processes described are fundamental and can be easily modified for international operations.
The procedures and processes presented are applicable for all sizes of spills and those of any duration. However, the personnel and assets activated will need to be scaled accordingly for the specifics of the spill and/or the geographical response area, e.g., Tier II and III monitoring may not be possible for a dispersant operation only lasting a day or two. The full ICS based dispersant structure and procedures are explained so that the users of this guidance can have a complete picture of operations to better structure the dispersant response to the spill situation presented.
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